Kate Samworth’s wordless picture book Grand Isle imagines a florid natural world full of mystery and wonder. Two sisters visiting the shore strike out in search of seashells and other beach treasures. When they encounter an enormous seed pod, they climb aboard and sail to a mystical island where everything is topsy-turvy. In this new dreamscape, vibrant vegetation pops and surreal creatures surprise. When it’s time to return, their boat is gone and the sisters have to improvise, teaming up to find their way safely home.
Kate Samworth is an artist and illustrator inspired by natural science and art history. Her art responds to the constant changes in nature and draws upon her experiences farming in Turkey and Spain and hiking in Brazil. Her books include the Kirkus Prize–winning Aviary Wonders Inc. and Liza Jane and the Dragon. Her work is held in multiple public and private collections across the US and abroad and her illustrations have been featured in World Watch and Orion magazines.
Lulu Miller is a science journalist who makes stories for NPR’s Invisibilia, Radiolab, The New Yorker, and beyond and is the author of Why Fish Don’t Exist.
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